10:47AM, Wednesday 23 July 2014
The Environment Agency has stepped in to rescue ‘distressed’ fish from York Stream in Maidenhead.
Yesterday the agency were informed that fish in the river were ‘dead and distressed’, and a fishery officer attended the site immediately.
They found 100 dead fish in the river, with a further 3,000 in distress.
The problem has been caused by low river flows and a high water temperature in the river.
The Environment Agency fisheries and biodiversity team leader, Jenni Balmer, says there is ‘no evidence’ of pollution.
She added: “Three teams of officers have been on site since seven this morning carrying out a fish rescue while temperatures are lower, this will give the vulnerable fish the best chance of survival. 10,000 fish including, chub, perch and roach, have already been relocated downstream to the Thames.
"Thousands more are expected to be relocated during the day as part of the fish rescue operation.”
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